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Inspired by Susan Sayer of Mystic who, as I wrote a few weeks ago, heroically made an itinerary for herself for visiting local places this year despite the ruin of her body by multiple sclerosis and lately metastatic cancer, I found my way, for the first time, to Peter Pots Pottery in West K…

I dare to say that at some point in time, we have all been pulled over for a traffic violation. No matter how hard you try, if you drive on a regular basis, it’s going to happen to you. Sooner or later we are all going to see the blue lights in our rearview mirror.

Susan wrote, “It is important to remember that tomorrow was never promised. Even though we make plans, there are no guarantees. What counts is what you do today for that is what will be remembered.” Her mom, Kay, lived her 78 years that way. The Psalmist would say that God gave her a good po…

The most important thing readers should have learned from last week’s column is that pre-diabetes is reversible. And fancy pharmaceuticals aren’t to thank. Rather, it’s glycemic control, achieved naturally, by managing blood sugar with the help of concentrated brown seaweed. But what’s glyce…

If “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” then I should be pretty well set for the next year or two. I’ve already made my annual trip to Clyde’s Cider Mill and enjoyed more than my share of their delicious cider and donuts. This past weekend, my family and I picked our weight in all variety…

For many, engaging socially with a friend or loved one with dementia is not easy, and as you might expect there are ways to make it less complicated, for everyone. I’m going to be providing you with a list of questions you can ask your loved one in person or over the phone that will make it …

‘You wouldn’t be the Episcopal priest, would you?” The question caught me off guard. I was coming out of Midway Pizza when he appeared out of nowhere. I had never seen him before. He was in his seventies and dressed in a floral shirt and shorts. The thought hit me that he might be looking fo…

There’s something about this time of year that always makes me want to get out of the house and just DO things. I know I’m not alone — I’ve heard the same from numerous others lately. Of course, COVID continues to make things tricky, and while there are many who are itching to (safely) atten…

The National Fire Protection Association’s campaign for Fire Prevention Week 2021 is “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety.” The campaign’s mission is to encourage the fire service to educate their communities about the different sounds smoke and carbon monoxide alarms make and the actions to tak…

It was the summer of 1972. I was excited. We were on the cusp of soccer season. I bought a soccer ball and began practicing on my own. Every day I would dribble the ball around my back yard. I was ready for the first day of tryouts. I wanted to make the team so badly and had done everything …

After 14 months of public hearings and meetings in which numerous Stonington town officials and boards endorsed the proposed Campbell Grain housing development, misinformation about the project continues to be spread as residents consider how to vote in the town’s Oct. 5th referendum.

Last week’s column claimed, “Wars are too important to be left to generals.” And “the type 2 diabetes pandemic is too important to be left to doctors.” We asked whether there was a difference between millions of North Americans dying quickly of COVID-19 and millions of people dying slowly of…

Fall means a lot of things to a lot of people. Outdoorsy folk may look forward to long hikes to see the foliage, foodies can enjoy fresh apple cider and pie (and pumpkin everything), and there are plenty of opportunities for family fun, like corn mazes and hayrides. Perhaps less adventurous,…

The Old Glory Relay is a national-level event sponsored by the veterans’ organization Team Red White and Blue. Team RWB is a series of state chapters dedicated to enriching veterans’ lives and is composed of veterans, veterans’ families and friends who gather for social, athletic and outdoor…

Want some good news about the current viral pandemic? Vaccines are taking effect across global populations and will eventually end this horrible nightmare. But we’ve yet to face, let alone resolve, the truly catastrophic health crisis plaguing humankind.

It’s Indoor Plant Week, a perfect opportunity to celebrate the houseplants that have helped beautify your home and lift your spirits over the past year … or perhaps, just a reminder to water that droopy pothos in your spare bedroom. Houseplants are great! Not only can they purify the air and…

I am often asked the difference between living wills, health care powers of attorney and do-not-resuscitate orders, also known as DNRs and which are the right choices in different situations. My standard answer is everyone should have a living will and a heath care power of attorney, but a D…

I’ve always said that there is no such thing as a coincidence. When things fall into place I believe that God is at work behind the scenes. The correlation of events that lead to these serendipitous moments have often been described as Godwinks. They are seen as a sign of God’s intervention …

A young girl and her mother, recently divorced from a New York City police officer, moved to a small town in Connecticut. The mother worked as an administrative assistant for what was then Union Carbide, which was relocating from New York to Connecticut. Moving away from the support of famil…

This week launches a series of columns on the current crisis — not the COVID pandemic, which will eventually come to an end, but rather, the seemingly endless escalation of the type 2 diabetes pandemic. We begin this week with the greatest culprit: obesity. Worrisomely, changing attitudes ab…

If you are a parent or grandparent to teenagers, chances are you think the pandemic has them safely secluded at home — having inoculated them, you might say, from sexual encounters. But that might be wishful thinking.

Were I to refer to myself as a mycophile, it would be a lie. In order to wear that title one must be (according to Merriam-Webster) “a devotee of mushrooms especially: one whose hobby is hunting wild edible mushrooms”. I am merely passionate about eating mushrooms, not hunting them. The corr…

As summer draws to an end and kids return to school, it is important to plan afterschool and weekend activities that keep us moving. The cooler fall weather is perfect for wheeled sports. Wheeled sports activities are a great way for kids to be active, spend time with friends and family, and…

I carried the half-and-half up from the church kitchen. I wanted it for my coffee. Nearly two years ago we brought in a Keurig coffee maker. It belonged to my administrative assistant. She donated it so we could make individual cups of coffee during the day. It was so much more efficient tha…

This time last year, I wrote a column about the complexity of heading into a new school in the middle of a pandemic. I hoped that this year’s “Back-to-School” season would look a bit different, but … alas. While we still have no magic wands or quick fixes, the library continues to add differ…

It was like something you would see on a television show. We were coming back from a medical call when Dennis noticed something that didn’t look quite right. There was a woman standing next to her car on the side of the road. Her door was opened. She was bending down and looking inside the v…

My wife, Charman, and I were excited about our visit at the Shelter Harbor Inn on Route 1, 5 miles east of the Town of Westerly. Hurricane Henri prevented our celebrating our family history in person. One-hundred and ten years ago, in 1911, my grandparents and their daughters, Elizabeth and …

A report from the Massachusetts General Hospital published in the New England Journal of Medicine tells an interesting story. A 62-year-old man over a two-month period developed numbness, a “pins and needles” sensation in his hands, shortness of breath, trouble walking due to severe joint pa…

America’s obsession with the true- crime genre is pretty evident; a quick scroll through streaming services like Netflix and Hulu come up with heaps of docuseries on everyone from Ted Bundy to the Zodiac Killer. In the library, this section (typically beginning with the Dewey Decimal number …

Blueberries are a summer staple in New England. They are native to North America and have a rich history that dates back hundreds of years. Despite their origin, these delicious fruits have only been cultivated for about 100 years. Prior to being mass-produced, Native Americans foraged blueb…

It was my fourth funeral in two weeks. I had presided over three of them. On this day, I sat there listening to the priest. He was celebrating the funeral Mass for a woman who had died much too soon. I always ask myself the same question when I am called to do a funeral service. “What do you…